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A COVID-19 Education Case Study: Idaho, Local Control and the Pandemic

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by Alan Gottlieb When it comes to reopening schools for in-person learning during the COVID-19 pandemic this school year, Idaho has been a study in contrasts. K-12 students in some remote rural districts have been back full face-to-face, masks optional and social distancing not enforced, since the beginning of the school year. In some more urban areas, older students are…

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Resources for Families with Young Children Learning At Home

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Bluum and Public Impact partnered to curate a list of resources that families may use at home to support young learners—preschool to early elementary—during distance learning. This document compiles online resources, most of which are available at no cost, that address some foundational building blocks of early learning: These resources address five key components of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary,…

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I Hope We Dance This School Year

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Marita Diffenbaugh is a veteran educator and 2020 Bluum Idaho New School Fellow working as a leadership partner with Elevate Academy’s co-founders Monica White and Matt Strong (INSF Alumni, 2017). Marita is planning, developing, and launching Elevate Academy North, a 6-12th grade Career Technical school in northern Idaho. In a recent conversation with my step-dad, he compared what we are…

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Curated School Reopening Resources by National Education Experts

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Bluum and Public Impact partnered to identify how states are addressing school reopenings to inform policymakers and school leaders in Idaho. This document collects our findings to key questions based on a review of national media, third party reports, and a select number of state plans (Nevada, Utah, Texas, North Carolina, Colorado, and Indiana). State and district reopening plans are…

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Creating Social Distancing When Reopening Schools

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There are a handful of Idaho schools currently weighing the decision to re-open in May, for at least a couple of weeks. Some schools have contacted Bluum to share their plans and ask questions. As part of the conversation, Greg Richmond, Bluum’s Chief Officer for Growth and Strategy, has consolidated information from a variety of national experts and networks into…

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How Idaho’s Gem Innovation Schools Are Keeping Learning Going During COVID-19

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by Alan Gottlieb Originally Published on the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s Flypaper Blog on 4-16-2020 In these uncertain days, with many brick-and-mortar schools shuttered indefinitely, one of Idaho’s leaders in online education has moved in a deliberate and intelligent fashion to transition its brick-and-mortar-based students to online learning. That’s because the leaders of Gem Prep, a growing network of three…

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Federal Paycheck Protection Program Offers Loans for Covering Salaries at Nonprofits. That Includes Charter Schools

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Like many employers across America, leaders in the charter school movement are wondering how federal funds can help them maintain their operations, support their staff, and retain necessary staff to transition back to on-campus learning. SBA financing through the Paycheck Protection Program has allowed some Idaho charter schools to keep important adults available to students and families during campus closures,…

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